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Types of Glass Edgework Guide

Dec 2, 2019 10:48:11 AM / by Greg Martell

Guide to glass edgework

As anyone who works with commercial glass projects knows, incorporating glass elements into the décor adds a bold touch of beauty and elegance to any environment.

From commercial to hospitality to corporate spaces, glass makes a stunning centerpiece, and serves as a point of definition from one room to another.

One way to make glass look more stunning is through the addition of elegant edgework. The fundamental reason for edgework is to remove sharp sides, but different edging types can improve and accent its appearance. Edgework can also be used to meet safety, performance, and cleanliness needs. It helps to improve structural tolerance of the entire piece and aids in chip prevention.

Beveling As an Edgework

Beveled glass is created by fashioning a specific angled or sloped surface around the entire edge of a piece of glass, and then polishing it to better reflect light and bring it up to its original appearance. This type of edgework is most commonly used for aesthetic reasons, because it is the easiest to design in a variety of unique ways.

A beveled piece can make a unique choice for mirrors, glass table tops, window accents, shower doors, dramatic entryways, and insulated units because it adds a sense of depth to the piece.

A bevel creates elegant designs that leave a great impression for both the residential and commercial environment. Tempered and annealed glass can equally be used for beveling, which makes it perfect for multiple types of applications. It's also a key component in manufacturing low-e insulated glass units, which help save money on heating and cooling costs. 

Beveling can be accomplished on frosted, tinted, or clear glass, which can add subtle nuances to the more complicated design choices. A creative combination of multiple pieces of beveled glass will create unique and stunning displays.

Glass Thickness for Beveled Glass

Bevels can typically be created in various sizes based on the thickness of the piece of glass:

  • 1/8″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/4″*, 3/8″*, 1/2″*)
  • 3/16″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4"*)
  • 1/4″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2″*)
  • 3/8″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2″)
  • 1/2″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2″)
  • 3/4″ (Bevel Sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 2″)

*Beveled edge is not available on this thickness if glass is tempered.

4 Types of Edgework Artistry That Add Beauty and Drama

While beveled glass is probably the most basic and easily created edge option, other types of edges are equally effective at creating dramatic designs:

1. Flat Edge:

flat edge glass edgework

The flat edge adds no roundness, but the edges are polished to present a sleek, clean appearance. A chamfer will be added at the transitions of the piece’s edges to prevent sharpness.

Flat edging is most often used for custom-made or thick glass table tops because it is efficient to use, and is also a perfect way to demonstrate the thickness of a particular piece of glass.

2. Pencil Edge:

bull-nose glass edgework

With a pencil edge, the edges are rounded in a half circle, or “C” shape, and then sanded for a smooth appearance. It can be used to add an extra boost for applications that need a dramatic aesthetic appearance.

It might best be used in furniture pieces, because a pencil edge allows glass to fit more comfortably into the piece. Similar to the pencil edge is the triple pencil edge, which creates more of a waterfall effect.

3. Bullnose Edge:

pencil edge glass edgework

The bullnose edge is similar to a pencil edge (a semi-curved edge), but incorporates a true radius curve giving it a full rounded look. The result is that the diameter will match the thickness of the glass itself.

A bullnose edge leaves a smooth finish, and can be nicely polished or ground, if required for a specific application.

4. O.G. Edge:

ogee o.g. edge edgework glass

Also known as Ogee, this is a more distinctive edge, because it incorporates a combination of convex and concave curve joining.

When finished with a polish, the O.G. edge creates an elegant and appealing eye-catcher. This bevel works well for tabletops and corporate work surfaces.

Other Surface Applied Fabrication:

If you’re interested in further accenting your glass, or exploring another option other than edgework, V-grooving might be something to consider for your project for additional visual appeal.

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Fabricating glass in other ways allow for glass design features such as:

  • Notched corners
  • Internal cutouts 
  • Speak holes
  • Pass-through cut outs
  • Edge notches 
  • Hinge cut outs

Why Opt for Edgework?

High-quality glass edgework can give a finished product an impressive look, and adds timeless beauty to a home or office design for many years to come. 

No matter what type of edge is selected, the most important point to remember is to work with a trusted glass vendor who can increase your satisfaction in quality, accuracy, and lead time. 

A skilled team of manufacturers, working with modern technology, and state-of-the-art machinery can produce custom, high-quality glass products with the perfect edges that will look stunning in any design.

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Topics: Custom Glass, Glass Edgework

Written by Greg Martell